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Live-blogging the results, Part 4

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010

* 10:53 pm - OK, let’s start a new thread. We’re now at 97 percent of the vote counted…

Brady , Bill GOP 151,477 21%
Dillard , Kirk GOP 149,313 20%

And…

Quinn , Pat (i) Dem 430,328 50%
Hynes , Daniel Dem 425,129 50%

And…

Plummer , Jason GOP 229,685 34%
Murphy , Matt GOP 222,540 33%

And…

Krishnamoorthi , Raja Dem 362,465 46%
Miller , David Dem 361,770 46%

* 10:56 pm - With just 3 precincts to count, Seals is ahead by 658 votes. That’s pretty much impossible to overcome…

Seals , Daniel Dem 22,325 48%
Hamos , Julie Dem 21,667 47%

* 11:10 pm - Andy McKenna just basically said the race is too close to call. No concession.

* 11:38 pm - Reporters have been told that Gov. Quinn will come downstairs in about 10 minutes. It won’t be to concede, I guarantee you that. lol

* 11:46 pm - At the moment, it appears the AP is undercounting Andy McKenna’s numbers in Lake County by about 3,500. They’re undercounting Dillard by 1,401 votes. They’re undercounting Brady by 504. That’s a 900-vote pickup for Dillard. With about 7900 GOP votes not counted in Cook County and Chicago and about 1,000 votes not counted in Downstate, who the heck knows what could happen now?

* 11:58 pm - Hynes is about to speak.

Hynes - “We are going to continue fighting.” … “This is a close race. A very, very close race.” … “About half have voted for me and half have voted for him.” … “But if democracy means anything, it means we need to count all the votes. All of them.” … “There are thousands of ballots that haven’t been counted. And whatever the outcome, it’s important for Illinois to get this right. So we say, ‘Hang in there, hold on tight.” … “Let’s just keep fighting until tomorrow.”

Wow. I just don’t see how he can come from as far back as he is. We’ll see what his people say.

* As far as Dillard goes, it looks - to my tired eyes - like he is losing by about .16 votes per precinct overall. That’s closer than the Thompson-Stevenson race. Recount for sure there.

* 12:08 pm - Here comes Gov. Quinn.

“The time for fighting is over. The people have won and we have won this election!” … “It was a close election, but one more than the other guy is a landslide in my book.” … “I think it’s important to understand that the primary is over.” … “When the winning candidate emerges from the primary, we unite behind that candidate for the cause of Illinois.” … “All of us together, we have to make the will of the people the law of the land.”

* 12:26 pm - We’re now at 99 percent

Quinn , Pat (i) Dem 442,543 50%
Hynes , Daniel Dem 437,161 50%

Brady , Bill GOP 153,967 21%
Dillard , Kirk GOP 152,491 20%

Plummer , Jason GOP 234,301 34%
Murphy , Matt GOP 227,279 33%

Miller , David Dem 374,855 46%
Krishnamoorthi , Raja Dem 371,301 46%

* 12:27 am - Kirk Dillard is speaking

“In just a few more hours, we feel confident that the race will be called for us.” … “Breaking reports show that we are within less than a thousand votes of victory.” … “I am confident that when the votes are counted, we will win now and we will win in Novemer.” “If the trend continues on how they will carry those precincts, then I will be your nominee…”

* 12:35 am - So, I missed most of Brady’s speech. Anybody catch it?

* The GOP “Unity Breakfast” in the morning ought to be fun.

* Burt Odelson is on ABC7 now. The election lawyer represents the Quinn campaign. He suggests this could take 30-45 days.

* Hynes campaign manager Mike Rendina talked to ABC7 - They’re going to look at results to see if the margin closes. Not talking about recounts just yet.

* 12:53 am - From a press release

The following is a statement by Raja Krishnamoorthi, candidate for Illinois Comptroller.

“First of all, I would like to thank the hundreds of thousands of voters who chose to give Illinois a more open, transparent and accountable state government. Until every vote is counted fully, accurately and completely, this race is not over.”

Results in that race so far…

Comptroller - Dem Primary
Illinois - 11056 of 11215 Precincts Reporting - 99%
Miller , David Dem 375,661 46%
Krishnamoorthi , Raja Dem 372,552 46%
Krislov , Clint Dem 61,590 8%

- Posted by Rich Miller        

220 Comments
  1. - il voter - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:54 pm:

    Go Bill! Go!


  2. - Congress Works For Us - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:55 pm:

    Based on current numbers, Brady should win by about 600-700 votes.

    But, not sure about the absentee situation.


  3. - Hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:57 pm:

    Brady is on NBC5 on Skype. He thinks he’ll win by 3,000.


  4. - ANON - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:57 pm:

    Interesting that if this holds up, it will be an all downstate ticket. Been a long time since that happened.


  5. - Amalia - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:57 pm:

    just a note at the top, rich, thanks so much for inserting links
    to the Sun Times voting section everywhere on these threads.
    it’s not only convenient, but the ST site is going just fine, very
    useful for keeping up.


  6. - Bluefish - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:58 pm:

    Quinn vs. Brady? Sounds like Rich Whitney may get a lot of votes in November.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:58 pm:

    Brady/Plummer … could be “scary” scary … as Brady eases everyones worries about himself, how the Kid is seen in the Main Event, as a downstate conservative as well, could be problematic … could be, but that is why you run the races


  8. - CT - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:59 pm:

    The story of the day is how many registered voters simply have no interest in the primary process


  9. - Poli Sci Guy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 10:59 pm:

    One could suggest that the marketing of the combined McKenna/Murphy ticket did more for Murphy than it did for McKenna. And Murphy still lost.


  10. - Poli Sci Guy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:00 pm:

    Brady vs. Quinn…I hear a Notre Dame football reference coming…


  11. - nail biter - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:03 pm:

    Even if Quinn does win, it says a lot that he will only win by a few thousand votes especially considering he never *won* that office to begin with but rather inherited it. A Quinn nomination loses this in the fall (insert Blago/Quinn b-roll here)


  12. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:04 pm:

    Has McKenna conceded yet? Or is he waiting for Murphy to lose so that they concede together? (snark)


  13. - nail biter - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:05 pm:

    HA! Channel 9 reporting 2 elections judges dismissed for intoxication - who can blame them!?


  14. - UI Chancellor - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:06 pm:

    Brady got 6-8% in Cook and the collar counties. He’s dead on arrival come November.


  15. - Bookworm - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:06 pm:

    I’m just glad McKenna didn’t win. He would have been disastrous.

    Should Brady actually win, would it be considered a Scott Brown-level upset? Given his low showing in most pre-election polls and his near invisibility in the Chicago media market?


  16. - Regnad Kcin - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:06 pm:

    McKenna’s working on his hair.


  17. - IrishPirate - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:06 pm:

    - nail biter - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:05 pm:

    HA! Channel 9 reporting 2 elections judges dismissed for intoxication - who can blame them!?

    That reminds me as I contemplate the future of Illinois government I need a drink or twelve.


  18. - Hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:08 pm:

    McKenna and Murphy aren’t conceding.

    Is he going to spend $44 a vote on a recall?


  19. - Poli Sci Guy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:08 pm:

    Brady did the same thing in 2006 when he skipped Cook and the collars. His strategy backfired because Jim Oberweis was in the race. He does, however, have to connect with the upstate in order to stay competitive with Quinn, who conveys the perception that he is in touch with the whole state even though he’s from Cook.


  20. - nail biter - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:09 pm:

    McKenna no concession speech, says race is too close to call


  21. - Effingham County - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:10 pm:

    UI Chancellor,
    Downstate is very tired of an all Chicago area leadership. I wouldn’t be too quick to assume that Quinn has this all locked up.


  22. - Sam - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:10 pm:

    Just re-ran some numbers. Extrapolated the remaining counties and I don’t see how Dillard can overcome the 2400 vote difference at this point. I show he can only make up about half of that assuming the remaining precincts are similar in nature to those already reported. I come up with Brady by 1000-1500.


  23. - nail biter - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:10 pm:

    Dillard endorses Dr. Pepper as way to stay up tonight


  24. - Hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:11 pm:

    Bookworm, I think Brady is a BIGGER upset than SLC.

    Only political junkies give a crap about the lite gov race and Cohen was the only one spending money on commercials.

    Meanwhile Brady will have won this campaign fundraising like a quarter mill!


  25. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:11 pm:

    With the counties that remain, the trends and votes available would indicate a Quinn v Dillard November.


  26. - Boone Logan Square - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:11 pm:

    McKenna’s behavior compels me to repeat a question from the last thread. Does the IL-GOP have any special rules when it comes to recounts in their primaries?


  27. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:12 pm:

    Effingham, most of the votes are in from downstate.

    http://www.politico.com/2010/maps/#/IL


  28. - Poli Sci Guy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:13 pm:

    Sam, I came up with roughly the same numbers. Once DuPage went for Ryan (???), Brady was leading the overall field in five of seven remaining counties, and leading Dillard in six of the seven counties.


  29. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:13 pm:

    …or maybe not. I think Dillard could make up the difference in Cook.


  30. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:14 pm:

    Yeah Andy, the race IS too close to call… just not involving you.


  31. - Cheswick - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    I just checked Sangamon County where Quinn only got 38% of the Dem vote to Hynes’s 62%. Is that to say they sure don’t like Quinn, or they really like Hynes?


  32. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    …and there will be a recount.


  33. - Richard Afflis - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    It looks like Quinn takes it in the Democratic primary. He probably did learn a few things in his run against Hynes. I would look for Quinn to be more formidable in November.
    It looks like it will be Brady and Plummer for the Republicans. The issue for them will be how unified they commit to being after tonight.


  34. - Served - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    So, basically, instead of the conservatives (Adam A., Brady, Proft) splitting one another,the collar counties split between McKenna, Ryan, and Dillard, leaving an opening for Brady to collect downstate?


  35. - Linus - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    “Heart of Glass” by Blondie, playing loudly in background of Dillard’s WGN TV interview. Award for coolest campaign-party music goes to the gentleman from DuPage


  36. - Hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    Does Hynes have any chance?

    Is there any sense what the outstanding Cook precincts are?


  37. - Downstate - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    It’s the revenge of downstate.

    I think it’s interesting that Andrzejewski picked up the St. Louis MetroEast counties leading in (going upriver), Monroe, St. Clair, Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun. He also picked up the strongly conservative (they went for Keyes in ‘04) Clay and Richland counties in southeastern Illinois, as well as his home county of Kankakee.


  38. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:16 pm:

    They really don’t like Quinn in Sangamon. Most of the state doesn’t like him either! Go fugure.


  39. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:16 pm:

    State Board of Elections website is down.


  40. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:16 pm:

    Cheswick: What the vote for Hynes shows is that the “state workers” never like a Governor, and that includes Edgar who laid a lot off.


  41. - Bookworm - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:16 pm:

    A bigger upset than Scott Lee Cohen, certainly, but my question was how would it compare to Scott Brown in Mass.?


  42. - Sam - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:17 pm:

    Poli Sci Guy, it really boils down to how large the precincts in Cook County are that have yet to report. If the remaining 6% of precincts there go the same way as the first 94% and are the same size, then Dillard makes up about 1200 votes. If they are larger precincts, he could make up even more. I don’t show the other remaining counties swinging by more than a hundred or so votes at this point.


  43. - CicularFiringSquad - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:17 pm:

    Brady-Plummer-Rutherford now there is a ticket that the populated part of the state should be ready to go for.
    Hats of to OneLinerDan Andy A and Bobby’s late pull out. Could not hae done it without you
    StateWideTom you were a master too.


  44. - idontgetit - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:18 pm:

    I think Dillard can make it up in Cook County as well. Last I seen 7 pecent still out and Dillard is owning Brady in Cook and not many votes left in the Southern Counties.


  45. - Bookworm - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:19 pm:

    Dillard won Sangamon, Morgan, Menard, also, on the GOP side, indicating that state workers favored him… I’m guessing they are less afraid of him cutting back their jobs, benefits, or salaries.


  46. - IS - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:19 pm:

    I think Brady wins…looking at what remains in Cook, DuPage, Vermillion, Marion, Clinton & St Clair, and how those counties have been breaking…Brady wins, 153319 to Dillard, 151160


  47. - shore - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:19 pm:

    Rashard Mclendon is a disgace. I am sorry. Since when do h.s. kids get to be on tv.

    FAIL>


  48. - Hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:20 pm:

    Cheswick, Hynes killed Quinn in Macon County (Decatur) too.

    Frankly, I was surprised Quinn didn’t get beat in Champaign County with the way he injected himself into U of I politics.

    Not sure what it is, but it could just be Quinn’s residual association with Blago who lost in those places to Eisendrath(!!!) four years ago.


  49. - UI Chancellor - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:21 pm:

    Come November, how does Mark Kirk sell himself as a moderate while Brady is campaigning as a downstate ultra-conservative with a downstate conservative running mate.


  50. - ToughGuy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:21 pm:

    Oh I can’t wait to see the replay of commercials of Brady bashing Chicago and the suburbs this fall. It’s gonna be like sticking his hand in a meat grinder.


  51. - Hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:21 pm:

    Bookworm, that’s one way of looking at it… or those are just the counties where a Jim Edgar endorsement still matters in a GOP primary.


  52. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:22 pm:

    The smart move for McKenna is to concede now; he won’t have to call anyone.


  53. - Sacks Romana - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:22 pm:

    Anyone (Rich) care to make a comment (post) about the absentee ballot situation? It’s probably too large a gap to help Hynes, but it could completely flip the GOP gubernatorial candidate again, not to mention Dem Comptroller and Dem 10th Congress.


  54. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:22 pm:

    His name is Gerrard, not Rashard. He works for CLTV as a talk show host, and he does commentary on Chicago Tonight sometimes. He’s a bit over-the-top, but a decent fellow nonetheless.


  55. - Effingham County - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:23 pm:

    annoyed,
    My comments to uI chancellor were his statement that Brady can’t beat Quinn. Quinn is clearly the Dem. nominee.


  56. - Leatherneck - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:24 pm:

    Will there be recounts in BOTH the GOP and Dem gubernatorial primaries? I wouldn’t be surprised at this rate if the winner is unknown for a few more days.


  57. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:24 pm:

    ===the absentee ballot situation===

    They’re supposed to count them, but there is some contention that AP is not including one county’s ab and ev votes - Lake. Checking.


  58. - The Court Jester - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:25 pm:

    Brady is going to win by 500 votes…Brady vs Quinn… Is it too late for an independent candidate??


  59. - Avy Meyers - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:25 pm:

    I hope Brady wins, doesn’t mean I’ll vote for him, but the idea of the Republicans voting for someone who endorsed Obama is unacceptable. I hope Hynes catches Quinn, I don’t like either, but I don’t feel Quinn is capable of doing well.
    Loved Richardson in the 10th but he got buried, as much as I liked Hamos on a statewide basis, I did not want to see her in Congress.
    In the 9th subcircuit judicially, Steve Bernstein who the CBA among most others found not qualified/not recommended won. So called independents - Mike Kreeloff, David Fagus, Jeff Schoenberg among others are showing me they are as low or probably lower than the regular organization. Shame on all of those phonies.


  60. - Poli Sci Guy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:25 pm:

    At 11:16pm, there were 86 precincts still unreported on the Republican side for Governor in Cook County (non-Chicago).


  61. - Bookworm - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:25 pm:

    Should Brady win, he will have to move at least a little farther toward the center before the general (and I’m sure he’s smart enough to realize this).

    Should Dillard win, however, he will have to move a little more toward the right before the general, having seen how badly his Obama endorsement and being tagged as a RINO (even though by most measures including his voting record, he’s pretty conservative) ended up hurting him.


  62. - DuPage Dan - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:26 pm:

    I won’t start to look to Nov and the general. I am pleased as punch that neither McKenna or Ryan will be on the ballot. What a travesty that would have been. I await the results to see who will be the standard bearer for the GOP. Brady will have his work cut out for him in Chicago/collar counties. It will be up to us in that neck of the woods to help out if he is nominated.


  63. - Amalia - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:27 pm:

    wow, I knew Brady was conservative, but creationism? just
    read the Tribune profile of him and it also includes that
    he is against abortion in the case of rape or incest. yikes.


  64. - Downstate - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:27 pm:

    I don’t think a Brady upset is at the same level as Scott Brown. Remember, he wasn’t the candidate of the tea party conservatives, but of the regular conservative party people and his fellow Southern Illinois GOP lawmakers.

    He was the natural first choice of downstate voters who had never met Adam A., or if they had, wanted to vote for a candidate who they thought had a chance of winning both the primary and the general.

    Proft had the best platform in my opinion for education and McKenna for business/job creation. Adam A proved to be an outsider, but just a bit too far outside.

    As far as Lt. Gov., Cole was the best candidate for downstate voters with the most experience, but he publicly accepted the likelihood of a tax increase, which was the proper insider thing to do.

    Dillard’s biggest problem here wasn’t the Obama ad, but the Edgar tax hike. The Edgar endorsement carried weight, but when people thought about taxes it proved a negative.

    Plummer won downstate because he had a well-organized campaign, ran a mostly positive message (except the hits on Cole locally to pull away voters - Williamson County went 50 percent for Cole and 35 percent for Plummer, even though being from Carbondale isn’t considered an asset around here).

    He may be young and conservative, but he won’t embarrass the ticket.


  65. - Blue Dog - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:30 pm:

    Dillard’s win in Sangamon had nothing to do with state workers. The local party endorsed him because their messiah Jim Edgar endorsed him. Local GOP yearns for the days of Edgar local republicans follow their marching orders well.

    Hynes won big because the local party knows Quinn is a lost cause. We live in Springfield & see the B.S. that gets pulled every day. Plus Quinn is bad for our local unions like AFSCME. Its amazing how much SEIU has taken over since Blago / Quinn.


  66. - idontgetit - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:30 pm:

    Rich just throwing this out. What are the chances of Hynes running as an independent like Joseph Lieberman after he lost the primary? Could it happen and would he have a shot? No comptroller to fall back on what would he have to lose.


  67. - GOPJay - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:30 pm:

    WGN “The X Factor”…..downstate voters, maybe this shows the candidates there are enough votes south of I80 to make a difference


  68. - Tax Eater III - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:30 pm:

    things appear to be going downhill for Brady..Ch 7 / Chicago reports ALL downstate votes are in…just suburban Cook and chicago left…Brady will get few votes there…edge eroding….


  69. - Peggy SO-IL - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:31 pm:

    Adam cleaned up in Metro East b/c of MO influences. We’re in the STL, MO, media market. 97.1 FM is big conservative talk station. Local and national hosts promoted Adam and Hughes. Recall, that STL has been a hotbed of tea party activity this past year. [BTW, “tea bagger” is a vulgar term. Please don’t use it. I am not a “tea party” member, though we went to STL’s Tax Day party last year.]


  70. - Montrose - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:31 pm:

    *wow, I knew Brady was conservative, but creationism? just read the Tribune profile of him and it also includes that he is against abortion in the case of rape or incest. yikes.*

    I hear ya. If Brady gets through, the chance of me working on the Quinn campaign goes up exponentially.


  71. - Peggy SO-IL - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:31 pm:

    P.S. Bookworm, Nice to see you here!


  72. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:32 pm:

    Looks like Lozano lost to Burke afterall in the 23rd District. For some reason my link to the Sun-Times hasn’t shown a results update for 1 1/2 hours.


  73. - TaxMeMore - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:32 pm:

    No its not too late for an independent candidate for Governor. 25,000 valid signatures in 90 days starting in March.


  74. - Chad - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:33 pm:

    Brady won his first primary against former State Rep. Gordy Ropp by 8 votes. After a complete recount, he was still up by 7 votes. There are no special rules for GOP recounts. They proceed according to statute.


  75. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:33 pm:

    Trying to find info on SLC on the web. Most of the info consists of his own press releases. That said, he might be a good running mate for Quinn. Community organizer backgrounds that match, something of a history of community service, a green cleaning products business.

    And, most important, Cohen can run a campaign (or knows how to hire someone who can).


  76. - Boone Logan Square - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:34 pm:

    Running third party? You’re thinking of Tom Hynes, not Dan. He’s already stated in at least one of the forums (I think Chicago tonight) that he would support Quinn if Quinn won the primary.


  77. - FDR Dem - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:34 pm:

    All the Governor talk is understandable, but
    Hultgren beating Hastert by as much as he
    did is a major story. Very few thought that
    would happen. Kinzinger is a candidate to watch as well. Combine that with the 10th, the burbs
    will be a major battle ground for the two national House Campaign Committees this fall.


  78. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:34 pm:

    idontgetit, nice handle. We’ve been over this recently. If you lose in a primary, you can’t run in the general (aka sore loser law).

    Lots of premature hindsight tonight.


  79. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:34 pm:

    It looks to me like there are about a thousand dstate GOP votes still out and about 7900 suburban and city.


  80. - idontgetit - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:35 pm:

    TY 47th


  81. - Laborguy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:36 pm:

    Looks like it is a big night for SEIU. Quinn, Alexi and Toni all win with Purple backing. Night folks. Our work is done.


  82. - Bookworm - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:37 pm:

    Hi there Peggy, I notice you’ve been posting over here lately… I knew it was you when you referred to Blago as “Mod Rod”:-)

    (We know each other from another blog)

    I’m just happy McKenna didn’t win.


  83. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:38 pm:

    If your estimates hold, Rich, Dillard loses by around 1000.


  84. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:41 pm:

    …make that Dillard loses by 750.

    (I’m tired and playing with excel to stay awake.)


  85. - GOP4EVER - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:42 pm:

    that might affect the Dillard-Brady race, but i think we know who the Lt. Gov GOP nominee is going to be. Jasons up by 7,000 votes, kinda hard for murphy to catch up.


  86. - i'm just saying... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:42 pm:

    Gidwitz says that if Suburban Cook County comes in, it may be good for Kirk…….


  87. - siriusly - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:43 pm:

    Hamos conceded about 40 min ago, class act.

    ABC 7 said Quinn is preparing to speak but is waiting for H to call


  88. - Randolph - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:43 pm:

    After seeing Rich’s comment about Lake, I looked at their website and see that they have significantly more votes tallied there than AP is reporting. AP has the Dillard split at 6693-2147 while the Lake County website reports 8094-2651. That, if true, would close the margin by 897 votes. With the Cook precincts still out, that makes it scary close.


  89. - Randall Sherman - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:43 pm:

    Note to idontgetit: Illinois has a sore losers law, so the loser of the Quinn-Hynes race (or the other nail-biting races) can not run for that post on another ticket in November.


  90. - The Court Jester - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:43 pm:

    looks like everything is in except for votes in Cook and Chicago. And according to some McKenna people ALL of the early and absentee votes have not been counted in lake County. might be wishful thinking


  91. - Randolph - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:44 pm:

    That should’ve been, AP has the Dillard-Brady Lake County split at 6693-2147 while the Lake County website has it at 8094-2651.


  92. - Peggy SO-IL - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:45 pm:

    Watching the DVR of LOST while watching election results.

    BW, yes, McKenna loss is good news. Murphy too! You called Bill Brady right. I’m sorry we didn’t vote for him. Mod Rod gave me away, eh? Have fun.


  93. - Poli Sci Guy - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:46 pm:

    G’night everyone. Lots of fun reading what you all had to say. Informational and enlightening.


  94. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:48 pm:

    Quinn’s going to the podium…


  95. - GOP4EVER - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:49 pm:

    Lake - dont know if it will matter, but McKenna is being shorted 4,000 votes when compared to the Lake County website and AP results.


  96. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:49 pm:

    ===If your estimates hold, Rich, Dillard loses by around 1000. ===

    If you include Lake, that leaves Dillard down by 100, by your calculation. LOL.


  97. - Tax Eater III - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:49 pm:

    let’s see if the gov can flip flog even in this speech…


  98. - Wumpus - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:49 pm:

    Good for the GOP. Not nominating another rich spoiled kid, getting someone who has political experience and getting a newer face. Hopefully, with the Blago-Quinn 2006 D trial going on in June, it will bode well for the state and Brady.


  99. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:50 pm:

    Good news about the Dillard vote undercount and the fact that there are numbers still out. Chicago and collar look to have gone pretty heavily in McKenna’s favor, so I am not sure that Dillard can really expect to pick up much more. Fingers crossed that he can.

    Any chance of undercounting on the Dem side of the governor’s race?


  100. - Downstate - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:50 pm:

    Rich, thanks for allowing this forum as well as the links. The Sun-Times site has been fabulous and the Politico site is just downright cool.

    If you want to see the worst news site tonight, check out www.thesouthern.com for the Southern Illinoisan.

    Whoever did the page doesn’t quite get the concept of party primaries and lumps all the candidate for each race together, plus there’s no column for percentages.


  101. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:51 pm:

    Hynes is speaking too, almost midnight and the tee-vee is still live…


  102. - Chicago Law Student - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:52 pm:

    Wumpus -

    Come on buddy - let’s just enjoy the joys of this awesomeness of close elections before getting into partisan jabs!


  103. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:52 pm:

    It looks like a head-on collision…


  104. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:53 pm:

    Also, did you add in DuPage? That could be another 200 votes for Dillard.


  105. - Randolph - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:54 pm:

    AP also hasn’t closed out DuPage - Dillard picks up another 263, Brady picks up 46, which closes another 217 on the margin.


  106. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:55 pm:

    WGN has even kept live coverage on the national feed—usually they revert to their normal syndicated shows after 11 even if they stay live in Chicago.


  107. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:55 pm:

    NBC-5 is live at Quinn HQ, Bobby Rush and Mrs. Quinn are at the podium.

    Switch to Hynes HQ, Hynes is in the room, working his way to the podium…

    Split screen? That would be cool.


  108. - Jimbo - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:56 pm:

    One edit if you don’t mind Rich, Andy McKenna just basically said the race is too close to call he has no clue what is going on, and hasn’t for several years now.


  109. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:56 pm:

    I’m guessing they go with Quinn since he looks like the winner, and then cut to Hynes here and there.


  110. - Jimbo - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:57 pm:

    I meant to strike-through (Andy McKenna just basically said the race is too close to call)


  111. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:57 pm:

    Hynes speaking…


  112. - Cheswick - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:57 pm:

    Tax Eater III, I think you meant flip flop, but flip flog is great! I’m going to start using that. Thanks.


  113. - The Court Jester - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:58 pm:

    guess Hynes isnt conceding


  114. - Hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:58 pm:

    Hynes is “going to continue fighting.”

    Guess with the GOP side a mess with likely recall action there’s no need to wrap this up tonight.


  115. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:58 pm:

    Hynes, thanking people…we are going to continue fighting…


  116. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:59 pm:

    Will someone just call this over for crying out loud? Some of us have bills up in House Committees tomorrow and need some sleep.


  117. - Annoyed... - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:59 pm:

    Interesting. I guess the Hynes-Quinn race was much uglier than it looked, if that was even possible.


  118. - downstate voter - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:59 pm:

    The SJ-R has Brady by 1,548 @ this point - even if Dillard takes cook by 500, it looks like Brady.

    Good thing for the GOP that Quinn won - he has MUCH more negative to campaign against…


  119. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 11:59 pm:

    I smell a Hynes concession…


  120. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:00 am:

    “Democracy is alive and well.”

    Except for that pathetic 20% turnout.


  121. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:01 am:

    LOL, “Give Me A Break.” Too funny. I still have to write the Capitol Fax.


  122. - downstate voter - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:01 am:

    the latest SJ-R refresh gives Dillard another 40 closure to 1508


  123. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:01 am:

    Hynes is such a teaser “we need to count all the votes.”

    Give it up man.


  124. - Old Milwaukee - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:01 am:

    Dan Gore is down 5,000 votes and he comes out to tell us he’s going to keep fighting?


  125. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:03 am:

    Hynes will “keep fighting until tomorrow” …and then concede, I suppose.


  126. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:03 am:

    Rich at this rate you have to write the Fax on the fly and “twit” the Fax tomorrow.


  127. - Bookworm - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:03 am:

    When was the last time BOTH primaries for governor, or any race, were this close? Ever?


  128. - Regnad Kcin - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:03 am:

    Sun-Times web site says 200 precincts still out. Can Dillard beat Brady by an average of ten votes per precinct in those remaining?


  129. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:05 am:

    The Brady and Dillard totals on the ST page just got lower!


  130. - The Court Jester - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:05 am:

    Governor - GOP Primary
    11012 of 11215 Precincts Reporting - 98%
    Name Party Votes Vote %
    Brady, Bill GOP 153,828 21%
    Dillard, Kirk GOP 152,068 20%

    Some Cook County votes came in I think


  131. - anon - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:06 am:

    dan hynes could have gained a lot of credibility by conceding. unfortunately, he showed his true colors


  132. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:07 am:

    Quinn is about to speak.

    Will he complain about the “ankle-biter” not conceding?


  133. - Former Downstater - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:09 am:

    Emil Jones and Bobby Rush in front of Quinn on the podium! He’s giving the Rs their campaign commercials. His transition to a machine hack is complete.


  134. - Bookworm - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:10 am:

    My suggestion for Dillard and Brady: whichever one of you guys comes up short after all precincts come in — concede graciously and DON’T demand a recount. Start setting yourselves apart from the bitterness on the other side right away.


  135. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:10 am:

    I think Jesse White is claiming a victory in the SOS primary.


  136. - Downers Delight - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:11 am:

    Jesse White… talks about Blago, talks about taxes and spending… what a great way to kickoff the general election. Go Pat Go!


  137. - Old Milwaukee - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:11 am:

    Some of the first words out of Jesse’s mouth are tax increase. Keep talking.


  138. - Amalia - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:12 am:

    jeez, ABC7 Charles Thomas talking about how people have to
    be careful talking from the podium cause it could be used
    in court on an election law challenge. cause that would affect
    the vote count how? carlos, we miss you so much now.


  139. - cassandra - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:13 am:

    If there is a recount, how long would it take? Would Quinn be distracted enough to delay his planned run on my bank account–in perpetuity.
    Every month counts. I wonder if all the folks who voted for Quinn realize that he thinks that means they want a tax increase….


  140. - Blue Dog - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:13 am:

    Quinn getting close with Emil Jones, Bobby “Don’t Lynch Roland” Rush on stage. Add a few more of the Blago crew & I think you understand why downstate democrats stopped believing in “reformer” Quinn.


  141. - Bill-O' the Clown - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:14 am:

    What the heck, Jesse?


  142. - Regnad Kcin - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:14 am:

    If you would have told me ten years ago that I would see Emil Jones, Bobby Rush, Jesse White, Billy Marovitz on the stage supporting Quinn in a primary fight with Dan Hynes, I would have asked what you were smoking.


  143. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:15 am:

    cassandra: I voted Quinn and I want a tax increase!


  144. - bluegreenblues - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:16 am:

    @cassandra - I voted for Quinn knowing full well he’ll raise my taxes. Can’t cut your way out of this mess.

    Hynes needs to hang it up. The votes ain’t there. Where’s the proverbial fork?


  145. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:16 am:

    Quinn claims victory!

    I’m sure Hynes will concede now! LOL

    These guys live in their own little worlds.


  146. - Old Milwaukee - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:16 am:

    Quinn: We need to spend, spend, spend.


  147. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:17 am:

    Quinn drops Barack’s name.


  148. - Former Downstater - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:17 am:

    If Quinn had anyone actually running his campaign they’d understand the importance of the visual. Having Quinn jammed up there with a bunch of politicians, especially Rush, Jones and Sandi Jackson, is ridiculous and makes him look like another machine guy.


  149. - Regnad Kcin - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:17 am:

    Dillard down 1,630 with 185 precincts to go.


  150. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:17 am:

    squeaker but Quinn wins…may need precint organization for genmeral tho


  151. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:18 am:

    Quinn wants to make up with Hynes. All Dan needs to do is unite and back Quinn.


  152. - heet101 - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:19 am:

    service to others is the rent we pay for our place here on god’s earth


  153. - Bill-O' the Clown - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:19 am:

    Brady: Cut jobs, cut benefits, cut taxes for the well-off.


  154. - Former Downstater - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:20 am:

    Good lord, what an awful speech. This is your first speech as the (presumptive) nominee? Yikes.


  155. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:20 am:

    Quinn loves his mom!

    I’ll bet he likes baseball, hotdogs, and apple pie, too!


  156. - GOPJay - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:20 am:

    better for Quinn if they cut to somebody else…he’s not winning any new votes with this speech, or the fantastic backdrop of the Chicago machine


  157. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:22 am:

    Former Downstater: Have you not heard Quinn speak before? That’s Quinn since the first time I heard him speak.

    People like it.


  158. - game change - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:22 am:

    who is advising Quinn, his speech was terrible he’s not focused on message for the general


  159. - Chicago Law Student - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:25 am:

    I’m not a Quinn fan - but who is really watching this right now? Who cares what Quinn says???


  160. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:25 am:

    sell the tollway others have…gotta pay for 39 years of constitutionally mandated “balanced budgets”….who’s been down there for 20+ years watching over our balanced (by law)budget?


  161. - Former Downstater - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:26 am:

    I’ve heard him too many times. He hasn’t changed; that’s the scary thing. He’s still spouting off like he always has. The difference is that he’s now Governor. The tone, style and substance should reflect that. But, no.


  162. - 60611 - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:27 am:

    Quinn is lucky there are only a few of us up at this hour to see White’s introduction and Bobby Rush placing himself next to Quinn at the podium. Bill Brady is the best thing that could happen to the Dems (up and down the ticket), but I have a feeling Dillard still pulls this out.


  163. - Hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:27 am:

    WOW. Dillard is getting on TV claiming in a few hours the race will be called for him.

    Wonder if we’ll get a Bill Brady Skype response?


  164. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:28 am:

    People, people…you went off on Quinn for his “State of the State” and now this. It’s how he talks. It seems to come off to the average voter as genuine. It’s off the cuff, it rambles, you don’t know where it will end up. But he always touches on things people care about (mom, veterans, service, responsibility) and people respond positively to it. It’s not great oratory, but it works for Quinn.


  165. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:29 am:

    Dillard likes the trend and is headed back to the war room.


  166. - Effingham County - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:30 am:

    Following the precinct numbers on the Brady/Dillard vote (probably way too closely), About 45 minutes ago, Dillard had to capture only 7 more votes in the remaining precincts than Brady to take the lead. With only 161 precincts left, that number is now 9 per precinct. Dillard is not catching him yet.


  167. - Bill-O' the Clown - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:30 am:

    Brady should respond via Twitter.


  168. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:30 am:

    Public radio has no one at Brady HQ, does anyone? The media dropped the ball on that one!


  169. - Downstate - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:33 am:

    Just ran the numbers from Politico, it looks like Brady by 1,000, or 1,004 if you want to be exact. That’s with 97.1 percent of the precincts reporting on the GOP side.


  170. - Hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:33 am:

    ABC7 has Brady video. WGN went off-air and I just switched over to catch it.

    Brady is trying to ride the Tea Party coattails talking about NJ, Virginia, Mass…


  171. - Quinn T. Sential - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:35 am:

    What do you mean dropped the ball; I didn’t drop the ball.

    Quinn T. Sential - Tuesday, Feb 2, 10 @ 3:15 pm:

    {comically low turnout is going to spring at least one huge upset tonight}

    As I was sitting here waiting for a return call, and going over some of the reported numbers from this region, that same thought popped into my head.

    Where is Brady having his get together tonight?


  172. - Downers Delight - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:35 am:

    He was on Skype with WGN earlier tonight. ABC7 in Chicago has him on live now. They must have sped down I-55.


  173. - Hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:36 am:

    “We’re not done. We’re just through the first half of this game.”

    “This is the beginning of bringing Illinois back to the people of Illinois”

    “I’ll take an anti-tax campaign to those Chicago Democrats any day of the week.”

    Talks about unity breakfast…
    “We Republicans understand the principles that the people of Illinois are looking for and it’s up to us to come together…

    mentioned reaching out to independents.


  174. - Amalia - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:37 am:

    anyone awake enough to give election law on recount triggers, percentages of total vote, etc.? seems that the dem vote for
    gov. is beyond the trigger, but the R vote for gov. is near that point.


  175. - Hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:38 am:

    Those were the Brady comments btw, in case there was any confusion. :)

    Oh dear. And now ABC7 is interviewing the Quinn election lawyers.


  176. - RMW Stanford - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:38 am:

    Brady’s is at the double tree hotel in Bloomington


  177. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:42 am:

    If the undercount in Lake County is not accounted for in the AP numbers then Dillard needs to average 4 votes a precinct to win. Since all of these precincts are Chicago and Suburban Cook, it seems a reasonable possibility.


  178. - Bookworm - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:43 am:

    I’d believe 30-45 days to decide the Brady-Dillard race, but that’s not what Quinn’s election lawyer is talking about, is it?


  179. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:44 am:

    My apologies. Dillard needs to beat Brady by 4 votes not merely get 4 votes.


  180. - Effingham County - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:46 am:

    Thank god the political leaders in Illinois had such foresight to create such an early primary so that we had time to sort out all these close results!


  181. - Hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:47 am:

    And here Rich was complaining about the primary being so early… this just gives the lawyers plenty of time to sort it out. ;)


  182. - Quinn T. Sential - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:48 am:

    How about this result?

    Michael B. Macellaio (DEM)–41.77%—4,337

    Kelly M. Burke (DEM)——–49.9%—-5,182


  183. - Hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:49 am:

    Guess Effingham County and I were on the same wavelength.

    Amalia, what the election experts have said tonight is there is no such thing as a full recount trigger, but if a candidate is within 5 percentage points they can ask for a discovery where you go in and look at certain precincts and determine if there is enough discrepancy to warrant a recount.


  184. - Amalia - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:50 am:

    Carol Marin on NBC reports that Brady and Dillard have some sort of agreement about where this race is going…they are apparently friends. and Dillard seems more pleased about things.

    also Larry Yellen on Fox says Mayor Daley must be pleased about the results of the Dem Gov. primary because it does not
    set up one of them well, as in with power to go against Daley someday. to quote Liz Lemon, What the What?!?


  185. - Amalia - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:52 am:

    thanks Hisgirlfriday. Quinn T. Sential, that race in Evergreen Park is ever so interesting!


  186. - Effingham County - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:52 am:

    Amalia,
    Can you expand on the Brady/Dillard Agreement?


  187. - Downstate - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:53 am:

    Y’all realize after the votes are finally counted, we’ll all know who the nominees are in time for the old primary date in April.


  188. - Ed Wood - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:55 am:

    I hope WGN and FOX News puts there election night coverage on the web, I would love to hear what Jack Ryan WGN and John Kass & Tom Serifan said about the election.


  189. - Quinn T. Sential - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:55 am:

    Amalia,

    Madigan had people swarming that entire area for Macellaio today, and he still came up well short.


  190. - Effingham County - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:55 am:

    The Cap Fax and Sun Times web sites must have 12 million hits tonight. And that’s just from me hitting “refresh” every 10 seconds.


  191. - Bookworm - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:56 am:

    A while ago I suggested that the loser of the Dillard-Brady contest not demand a recount. However, now that I think about it some more, with the vote being thisclose it might be to the benefit of both to HAVE a recount — at least a discovery recount.

    If I were either candidate, I would emphasize that I was requesting this not to be a sore loser, but to ensure that whoever won, won “fair and square” and that every vote was counted. If they do this carefully and without rancor or bitterness toward one another they will be setting themselves apart from the Dems in a good way.


  192. - Bookworm - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 12:59 am:

    I posted that before I saw that stuff about Dillard and Brady having an “agreement”… is it, perhaps, an agreement not to demand a recount or challenge the results however they turn out?


  193. - Apple - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:01 am:

    I just left the Brady party - I don’t think there was an live video. Short speech, but very vague about whether he was “declaring victory.” Never used those words. Talked about running against “tax-rasising Democrats” and called for GOP unity.

    Rich- I have raw Brady video if you want it.


  194. - Effingham County - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:02 am:

    144 precincts remaining. Dillard needs 10 vote margin in each remaining precinct to catch Brady. He’s not gaining.


  195. - shore - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:03 am:

    ed-jack ryan basically said he wants to run again. for those scoring at home that’s 3 winnetka guys to run for the seat in 2 cycles (kirk, hoffman, ryan). other than that, nothing substantial.

    They also had al salvi who strongly backed mark kirk.

    Kirk dillard came off horribly tonight, like an entitled brat.


  196. - RMW Stanford - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:08 am:

    At the moment it doesn’t seem like Dillard is making up enough of the margin.

    I will say that in my young (27) years this is the most exciting governor’s primary I can remember.


  197. - Amalia - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:08 am:

    Carol Marin explained that Brady and Dillard had looked at the outstanding precincts, and, it seems, went over what would happen in the precincts. I believe it was in her conversation that the candidates themselves had not talked with each other, but their campaigns had.

    i’m liking the Raja statement. basically, I think that is what Dan Hynes means too, except his comments were filled with smarmy.
    of course we need to count all the votes!


  198. - Tired - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:09 am:

    Any word yet on under reporting of lake county because if that is really the case dillared down 582 with 144 preceints left to report all up north


  199. - Amalia - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:10 am:

    Quinn T. Sential, who is on the Kelly Burke side of things? Where did the Brosnahan people go?


  200. - ANON - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:11 am:

    curious about Lake County…how can the AP underreport that many votes? Nearly 4,000 for McKenna? Also, the Cook County official said on WGN tonight that absentee and early votes have yet to be counted. True? There could still be a subsatantial number of votes we’re overlooking.


  201. - Quinn T. Sential - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:12 am:

    How about the ROI yield on the contributions reaised/spent per vote between McKenna, Dillard, and Brady?


  202. - Hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:14 am:

    WOW. The NRSC is already on the case:

    “Alexi Giannoulias. He’d Make Tony Soprano Proud.”

    Will that really work on non-Downstate Illinois voters? And is the narrator doing an awful job giving us a fake Chicago accent or a fake Italian-American accent?


  203. - ANON - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:15 am:

    Forgot to add, maybe that’s what McKenna and Murphy were looking at when they decided not to concede earlier. Is the Lake County underreporting similar in the Lt Gov race?


  204. - Downstate - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:15 am:

    I just added the updated counts from DuPage and Cook in my spreadsheet and Brady’s lead widens to 2200 votes at the way it’s going, not that I would rely on my Excel skills at 1:13 a.m.

    Sun-Times shows a 1433 vote lead with 99 percent. Politico must have shut down at midnight Eastern time. They haven’t updated for more than an hour.


  205. - LT from Spfld - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:15 am:

    Wasn’t Lake County where all the voter fraud suits were filed during the 2008 primaries?


  206. - Quinn T. Sential - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:16 am:

    Amalia, it’s not quite that simple, it is not as much a function of where the Brosnahan people went (Macellaio ), but where the Hynes people didn’t go, which was with Madigan


  207. - Bookworm - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:17 am:

    GOP race isn’t going to be decided before morning, is it?


  208. - Amalia - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:18 am:

    QTS, aha, thanks for schooling me.


  209. - Tired - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:20 am:

    Bookworm
    not till after 9 am when last 30 suburban townships will be counted


  210. - LT from Spfld - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:22 am:

    Down to 124 precincts remaining and Brady still up by over 10 votes per precinct…


  211. - RMW Stanford - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:25 am:

    Going by the sun times number looks like Dillard needs to beat Bill by around 11.6 votes per precinct


  212. - Honest Abe - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:26 am:

    This is a total #$%&#+*^%# embarrassment. The Illinois State Board of Elections website has been crashing repeatedly and has been almost totally inaccessible for the past 48 to 72 hours. What a joke! So much for government transparency!


  213. - Tired - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:29 am:

    dillard down only 546 with 116 left to report


  214. - LT from Spfld - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:30 am:

    Dillard just made up 900 votes


  215. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:35 am:

    Hey if this keeps going they will crank up the legal research on the Texas 1948 senate race between Lyndon Johnson and Coke Stevenson.. wow, what a nite. .Campers, if you remember - Johnson was able to steal 203 votes after the polls closed..


  216. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:35 am:

    ===Dillard just made up 900 votes===

    I think that’s Lake County. The rest of the precincts are in Chicago and Cook. I think this could be a win for him.


  217. - Tired - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:36 am:

    sorry 124 left I am really tired


  218. - T.J. - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:38 am:

    What a sickening surprise for folks to wake up to.


  219. - LT from Spfld - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:40 am:

    8 more precincts down since the Lake County pickup, and Dillard shaved 36 votes off the margin. That’s a little more than 4 votes per precinct. If that continues…WOW


  220. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 3, 10 @ 1:41 am:

    Rich.. I think its going to shift to Dillard because he was running around a 4:1 ratio over Brady in cook and dupage.. multiply that times the 100 or so precincts and Dillard would net a gain of around 800 to 900 .. ahead when its over
    victor crown


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